Benjamin Franklin used to compile lists of things to work on in hopes of creating a more virtuous self. Like myself, he would get overwhelmed when attempting to correct everything at once and even believed this mass purging to be impossible. So, he would tackle one item a week, and once he completed the entire 7 days san-sin, he would add on another. I decided to duplicate this act and work on a set of my own.. based off of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
First to old Benji’s list:
Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
Speak not but what benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
Let all your things have your places. Let each part of your business have its time.
Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself. Waste nothing.
Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Rarely use venery but for heath or offspring; never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
As for me, I would really like to concentrate on how to love people in the right way. It was a weird concept to me at first to think about working on something that I wouldn’t normally see as a “sin”, but I came to realize that when you learn how to do things the right way at the root of your intentions, instead of trying to clean up the visible sin that is conceived from the wrong state of heart, you can really clean up, instead of pushing the dirty clothes under the bed.
Kendall’s list: (based from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
- Never gives up on people.
- Cares more for others than for self.
- Doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
- Doesn’t strut.
- Doesn’t have a swelled head.
- Doesn’t force itself on others.
- Isn’t always “me first”.
- Doesn’t fly off the handle.
- Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others.
- Doesn’t revel when others grovel.
- Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth.
- Puts up with anything.
- Trusts in God always.
- Always looks for the best.
- Never looks back, but keeps going to the end.
- Love never dies.
I encourage everyone to write a list of personal things to strive for. I feel like when you stop attempting to make yourself better, that’s when you really die.
That or when you start waning off of caffiene for the 100th time.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.